One of the eighty one prefectures of the Netherworld realm, Osborn
Prefecture located in the north, nearby a Nether blood pond.
The huge translucent Wraith returned to the Nether Blood
Pond that it had guarded for millions of years. It had completed its inspection
rounds around this Nether blood pond and continued to lie by this pond
motionless. There is nothing about this Nether Blood Pond that could attract
These Nether Blood ponds were scattered all over the
Netherworld and was a valuable resource for prefecture Lords constantly
providing them with undead that would be used as cannon fodders in their many
battles. Whenever a soul enters the Netherworld realm from material Planes or
higher planes, they would first be cleansed by the Laws of the Netherworld
Realm in these Blood ponds and be born as various kinds of undead like undead
skeletons, foul zombies, undead Lich, Undead Wight etc. Therefore the
Prefecture Lords assigned trusted Demi-God level deities to guard these ponds.
This Translucent Wraiths was a Demi-God level undead that
guarded this pond on behalf of the Osborn Prefecture Lord. After completing its
daily mission, it lay down by the Abyss Blood Pond slowly swallowing the
strength of the Nether Blood Pond. Even though the waters in the Abyss Blood
Pond could constantly enhance the strength of the Translucent Wraith, it had a
major defect; it severely eroded intelligence. That was why despite being a
Demi-God level; this undead had still not awakened its memories.
Usually this Translucent Wraith only remembered events that
occurred over a twenty four hour period. After sleeping and waking up the next
day, it would forget everything. But this wasn’t important to it. All it cared
about was waking up, completing its frequent inspection runs, and then coming
to absorb energy from the Nether waters.
It little pays attention
to other matters. Although the Translucent Wraith has reached
the Demi God level, its Intelligence is even inferior to the
lowest level undead skeleton. The memory left in its long life leaving is
few, but it performs its mission as an instinct.
A bright light from the Nether Blood Pond attracted the
attention of the Translucent Wraith. It moved its huge body, stopped swallowing the
Nether blood pond energy, and begun to closely observe this peculiar
crystal cocoon that had appeared from the Nether blood pond.
An Undead was about to be born! But the birth process of
this undead was very peculiar. It was absorbing more energy than usual. However
this Wraith did not care about this. All it cared about was performing its
duties. So after waiting for an hour, an Undead Skeleton finally emerged from
The Translucent Wraith immediately spread its soul sense to
cover this newly born Skeleton and conveyed its order,
“Leave Here! Go, slaughter, and evolve! Stay behind…….
This command was simple enough for even the simple minded
undead skeletons to understand. This Undead Skeleton couldn’t stay here. Undead
are born at very low levels and depending on their talents, as long as they
swallow enough souls, it will evolve into saint level. That was why these
undead were not allowed to stay by the Nether Blood Pond where new undead are
constantly born. This would be unfair to the newly born undead.
But Sauron was looking at this undead Wraith dumbly. He
simply didn’t understand what had happened to him.
Every time he tried to comprehend anything that was
happening around him, his mind was assaulted by a data stream 0’s and 1’s; flashes
of intense pain made his brain feel that it were bursting open. His awareness
of his body was very weak; it was as if an electric field were going through
him and an electronic current disturbing his body. Although he could hear and
feel everything outside, he couldn’t do anything. He couldn’t even move a
“Not good! I need to
wake up! I must wake up!”
Although he doesn’t know why he was reborn into this
mysterious world, Sauron knew that he needed to wake up. The aura and murderous
intention from the present undead was forcing him to stay focused. Finally,
fear of death allowed him to move his body and crawl from the Nether Blood
Looking at the newly born undead crawling away, the
Translucent Wraith shook its head and closed its eyes again to sleep. But it
didn’t know that this weak newly born undead skeleton would spark events that
would shake the entire universe.
After crawling some distance away, Sauron finally stopped
and waited for the intense pain to subside. Sauron’s mind was still filled with
the jumbles of infinite 0’s and 1’s; the current caused his body to jump. He
could vaguely remember some of his past life’s events, and then they were mixed
with some vague memories.
“Painful! So painful!” The pain was tearing at his soul, he
gradually recalled the accident that happened when he logged into the Virtual
game Chaos Era. This game was very popular with their
technological breakthrough which had reached 100% and held a loyal fan base of 70%.
This lead to a tremendous response from Earth’s societies!
It started to attract millions of people to enter; Sauron was also drawn in at
the time, even praising the game store for their magical method in distributing
with a wide array of spaces filled with copies of game cartridges.
At the time his consciousness had entered the virtual
space, there seemed to be a problem with the power system in his building which
caused the VR headset to explode. Innumerable electric sparks flashed, it
seemed like his soul would be crushed by lightning! At the critical moment he felt a golden light
suddenly emerge from nowhere and envelope him. Everything went dim at this time.
The next thing he knew, he had been
After waiting for a whole two hours, the pain finally
stopped. But his mind was still blurry from scattered memories. These were
memories from the original soul which was supposed to have been born as an
Undead Skeleton but his soul fused with it and was reborn instead. Organizing
his memories, he finally understood his current situation. The original soul
that he fused was a saint level magician who specialized in Fate Magic from one
of the lower realms. These memories as well as his current predicament made him
realize the world he had been reborn in.
He was currently in Netherworld Realm which was a higher
level plane of the Coiling dragon Universe. As he was trying to learn more
about his current situation, the data stream gathered and projected an image in
front of his eyes.
When he saw this attribute panel he was very surprised since
this was the attribute panel used in Chaotic Era!
No wonder for a whole day he saw 0’s and 1’s appearing so
many times. When the accident happened at that time, the stream of in-game data
also transmitted his consciousness. Now opening his eyes, it seems the dense
and numerous data streams have at present thoroughly fused into his mind.
He finally calmed his mind and studied his attributes.
These were basically attributes of beginner level Undead.
Even though undead skeletons were the lowest level of undead, their strength
also vastly surpassed ordinary people. They have very good resistance to
electric shock, toxins, corrosive acid and cold. They also automatically
understand the Universal language upon birth as well as comprehend soul sense
beyond 100 feet which helps them sense enemies and communicate. If it wasn’t
for their very low intelligence, they could be considered very powerful. That
was why many players chose this race for its obvious advantages.
Looking at the panel displaying his attributes which had
been reduced to beginner level, being someone who was one of the ten God Class
player in the Chaotic era reality Virtual game being a Death Swordsman having
mastered several Divine Level Sword Techniques, of course he was frustrated
with his current attributes. But he had to make do.
What made him excited was that somehow he had developed a
four way soul mutate during his rebirth and also carried along his Sword
paragon Specialty with him to this world. This Specialty made him a monster in
sword comprehension and was a major factor that contributed to his rise to God
Class in Chaotic Era! With these two as well as his massive battle experience
he believed that in no time, he would stand at the top of this world and
investigate how he was born into this world.
Having organized his thoughts, he immediately began to
practice the only skill he had now; Skeleton Claw Strike.
With his astonishing combat effectiveness and soul strength,
it didn’t take him long for him to practice this skill of its peak stage which
increased his attack by three times. With this, he believed he could at least
survive among the lower Undead.
The Osborn prefecture as one of the eighty one prefectures
of the Netherworld realm is a place where one can easily find Netherworld
The area of this prefecture is very big. With various Demi God
level Undead laying claim to various parses of land calling themselves territory
lords. To fight for the limited resources in these territories, these Demi-Gods
engage in bloody battles. This has caused the high demand for cannon folder
which can be used to wear out enemy forces. Low level undead usually serve as
the best source of cannon fodder for such low level battles.
Osborn prefecture alone has over I billion of this undead
only about 1% will advance to high level and even saint level. These low level
undead are usually driven away by high level undead to be used as cannon fodder
immediately after birth to consume the enemy.
The newborn common skeleton, Sauron walked forward slowly
examining the memory of the saint level soul which he had fused upon rebirth.
“Hmm?” Sauron was immediately alerted when he noticed some
low level undead skeletons and undead Wraith walking towards him. Suddenly
stopping in his tracks, he stood there waiting for these undead to get to him.
After some time, four undead skeletons and an undead Wraith
appeared before him. It seemed the skeletons were subdued by the wraith as they
followed behind the Wraith like retinues.
This Undead Wraith seems to have advanced in its rank and
having gained the innate skill [Summon], was gathering skeletons to be used as
“What is your name?” the Undead Wraith asked Sauron. Even
though it was asking this it had already revealed its intentions by making its
minions surround Sauron.
“Sauron!” he answered calmly not showing any kind of panic
from being surrounded. This surprised the Wraith a lot since it usually does
not see such expressions from low level skeletons.
High level Undead needs slaves, massive slaves.
Any number of servants can sell at high prices to others, so
long as they are captured. As long as an undead is captured, either it is
used as cannon fodder in the many Netherworld battles or sold as servants. The
two most notorious Undead that engage in this business are the High level night
Witches and Ghost Woman.
The netherworld is a very chaotic place.
These night Witches and Ghost Women are seen everywhere. They are very parsimonious, evil, cruel and crafty creatures.if you can obtain their commitments,
then they will keep their commitment every so often.
The night witches and Ghost Women are the
Netherworld’s famous slave traders who deal with Demi-God level territory lord.
So many Undead usually capture low level undead and sell them to theses slave
traders for higher currency and other favors. It seemed that this Ancient
Wraith also deals in this business because at its level it can only control
three servants. So gathering so many minions is obviously to sell.
In recent years, the need for slaves had increased leading undead
to engage in this business.
“Sauron, submit to me!” the dark red Wraith was staring Sauron
and said in the form of an order. “As Nouska’s servant, you can obtain more
food as well as quick advancement.”
So long as Sauron agreed, he would sign a Nether contract
which is binding to all beings below high God. It will then sell it to the
“Submit to you?” Sauron looked at this Undead Wraith with
ridicule. How can he submit to such a low level being? This expression
immediately made Nouska angry. It decided to teach this ignorant skeleton a lesson
then later force it to sign a Nether Contract.
With Nouska’s instruction, an undead skeleton who was
holding a sword immediately charged at Sauron waving his sword at Sauron’s
shoulder. They didn’t want to kill him yet; just maim him enough to be able to
sell to the Ghost Woman.
However as the sword was about to hit his shoulder, Sauron
twisted his body to his right dodging the sword strike. He immediately wielding
his claws and struck out.
“Skeleton Claw Strike!”
The claw hit the skeleton’s head causing it to
instantly explode. The fight that just started had ended just as quickly. The
moment the skeleton died a notification appeared in front of Sauron’s eyes.
Sauron was gazing at his present enemies. Golden energy suddenly flowed
into him strengthening his bones. His whole body that was composed of bones
suddenly began to emit a metallic sheen. It was obviously stronger than before.
He also felt a grey substance start brewing in his bones.
Undead Mutation is so astonishing. In just a blink of an eye, Sauron
experienced a sudden surge of strength.
“Death Battle Qi?” Sauron was surprised by this discovery. How can a
creature that didn’t have flesh and blood generate battle Qi? Is there
something special about this body that he inherited? He thought about it and
finally decided to give up pursuing this issue or now. There were so many
inexplicable things about this Undead Skeleton body that he inherited. He will
surely investigate further when he got stronger.
“What!” Nouska was startled at how Sauron had disposed of his strongest
slave and had abruptly experienced an evolution. This undead Wraith was
actually a timid creature so he had now lost interest in subduing this Sauron
and thinking of ways to withdraw.
“Everybody, Attack! He is just one person. As long as we overwhelm him
we can win.” He immediately shouted to his slaves and stepped back himself. The
three remaining slaves immediately umped at Sauron wielding their claws at him.
But their leader, Nouska had turned around and began to run away. He
was surprisingly fast for a Wraith. The Undead Skeletons suddenly realized that
they had been set up but it way too late to escape.
“[Death Sword]-[First Stance]!”
The grey battle Qi immediately enveloped the sword and slashed out
releasing a flying slash attack instantly beheading all three undead skeletons.
Their heads rolled away with their bodies crashing onto the floor. He had
killed all three Undead with just one slash of his.
Sauron casually glanced at the system notification displaying his
current ills. Killing these low level undead with a single slash wasn’t
something surprising for him. Being one of the ten God-ranked player s among
hundreds of thousands of players, his rich combat experience was unquestionable.
Despite using only a preliminary sword skill, disposing these undead who hadn’t
practiced any martial arts wasn’t something challenging.
He immediately brought up his current stats.
Looking at his current stats, Sauron thought aloud, “Really small and
He had received two points to both his strength and speed and one to
his spirit and his physique. Compared to his stats as a God
Class player, this was truly weak. And also even though he activated somehow
Battle Qi but he amount was really pitiful. Just that attack from the lowest
level of the preliminary sword skill had consumed two points. Meaning he could
only use only five attacks. It seems he will have to find ways to improve his
battle Qi Capacity later. But looking at the new notification at the bottom of
his attribute he nodded happily
“It seems as my level improves, the function of the system also
He immediate decided to check on his Four Way Soul Mutate attribute. He
had wondered how this happened because he didn’t have this in his previous
It was as if the system understood him. It had explained the
reason why his soul mutated. But unlike the original protagonist whose soul
mutate was of the four basic elements, his was the four edicts which was of a higher level. Does that mean
he would be a Sovereign if he was able to achieve the high god realm in all elements?
What if he became a paragon of all the edicts?
These questions couldn’t be answered unless he experimented
it on his own. Now what he needed to do was slaughter his way up the food
This undead body of the current Sauron could absorb undead
bloodlines to continue to evolve. His innate skills as well as future strength
will depend of the accumulation of different unique bloodlines. Slaughtering is
now the simplest way of advancement for him. As long as he accumulates enough
bloodlines, he could change his current shape.
“Very strange ability… I don’t remember all undead having
this ability. Does this have something to do with my soul mutation?”
Sauron couldn’t figure why he developed such ability but he believed
that as long as he was strong enough, he could figure it out.
Now with all these advantages, he believed it wouldn’t take
long for him to stand at the top of this world. After killing these four Undead
Skeletons, his soul sense which was five times stronger than other Undead at
the same stage got even stronger. He also inherited a beginner Death Sword
Skill. Now what he needed to do was find a quiet place to practice this still
to boost his battle efficiency so he cleaned up the battlefield and left to
find and secluded place to practice.
After searching for about half a day he finally found an abandoned
cave in some mountains. During this search he found two foul zombies which he slaughtered
and absorbed their bloodlines and energy points.
After calming his mind, he began to focus on the sword
technique in his mind. The [Preliminary Death Swordsmanship] has nine stages,
the first five don’t have names, but the last four are named [Pursue Winds],
[Extinguish Light], [Open Ice] and [Lift Clouds]. If these sword moves
were mastered, then he believed he would be able to jump ranks to fight
opponents a whole level higher than him. Sauron shut his eyes, picturing the
sword art in his mind. He slowly extended his right arm into the air, began to
practice [Preliminary Death Swordsmanship] from the first stage.
A falling leaf was cut in half in midair, yet Sauron didn’t feel a thing, he
just carried on waving his sword.
The 1st stage, 2nd stage, 3rd stage … the 6th
Gradually, Sauron’s sword skills pushed to the limit. Even though he was
comprehending new techniques, he fluidly moved at an extremely fast pace, but
it also seemed like there was nothing restraining him in any way, the sword in
his hand seemed to go wherever he wanted it to. Without stopping for a breath,
he finally reached the sixth stage, [Extinguish Light]. All of a sudden a grey light
glanced out from his sword, bouncing around erratically, easily cutting through
a couple of falling leaves, even though they are spread out from each other.
Sauron opened his eyes and ceased moving as he observed the results in
surprise. You must know that for a beginner of martial arts, even the most
basic moves were very hard to master. It was not just about the extent of your
potential but about your ability to adapt to new things. For example, when
trying to learn how to learn how to drive, it seems to be very hard in the
beginning because of the fear of crashing the vehicle, but as you begin to
acclimatize yourself, your restrictions are removed and every move suddenly
becomes simple. As can be seen, to become better is not hard, but to start from
scratch? Incomparably difficult! The reason why he could adapt to the sword
skill so quickly is because of his experience in wielding much more advanced sword
skills and also his sword paragon comprehension.
Sauron took a deep breath and cleared his mind. Effortlessly, he began the
movements of the [Preliminary Death Swordsmanship], over and over again.
The 1st stage, 2nd stage, 3rd
stage … the 6th stage.
The 1st stage, 2nd stage, 3rd stage … the 6th
After repeating these ten times, Sauron was finally able to comprehend the
seventh routine [Open Ice].
The steel sword in his hand gave off a blurry grey sheen, just like the clouds
in the sky suddenly running like water in a river, condensing then splitting,
condensing then splitting, condensing then splitting…
As Sauron continued, the grey battle Qi inside of him started
to slowly increase its revolution speed, just like the running river,
continuously completing one loop after another, flowing up through his body in
Suddenly, Sauron felt something change. As the Battle Qi was continuing in its endless
loops he felt that the volume and quality had increased. He had broken through!
“I have broken through to the Mid Stage so easily?” Sauron knew that in order
to reach the Mid Stage from the Initial stage as a level 1 Elite Skeleton
Soldier, it would take at least a week, yet it only took him only half an hour.
It could never be that simple However, no matter how hard he tried, he could
not think of any other reason. The only possible explanation for his unusual
comprehension speed, that allowed him to master the seventh form of the [Preliminary
Death Swordsmanship], had to be his soul mutation.
As his breakthrough in cultivation, the reason was quite simple. The heart of
martial art laid in the art of calmness, while martial art broken down was
simply the art of movement. Although they are two seemingly opposite forms of
training, they all have the same effect on strengthening the Battle Qi. However
the former was only used for training Qi while the latter was primarily used
for attacking the target then subsequently training Qi.
Sauron’s heart rate rose noticeably as he was enlightened. There are two
important factors of a martial artist’s potential: first, one must be blessed
with a resilient body and discipline to hone their body, and second, one must
have comprehension to allow one to be grasping the heart of sutras and immerse
them into the path of the sword. To be blessed with an resilient body allows
one manage to train their Battle Qi much faster than the others ; and to have
comprehension is to be able to easily pick up the physical martial arts and
defeat those who seemingly stood above you. After all, being weak or strong
depends on individual performances.
“What luck! I have both of these now. At this rate, reaching the Second Level before
I enter the Netherworld Bloody Battle is not impossible!”
He stood in the same stance once more and began practicing the sword technique
moves once again. His sword light shone, a sharp sword momentum again
This time, Sauron trained [Separate Light], [Open Ice],
[Lift Clouds] and [Pursue Winds] these four sword arts mastering more
easily, from start to finish simply at one go, his blood was boiling. At
this point, he has been able to grasp 100%, not only completely grasp the
essence of these four types, and even getting a better understanding of these
four techniques, also mastering them to their peak level.
"This is really strange; even with paragon level sword
comprehension it shouldn’t have been this easy to completely comprehend this
skill. Don’t tell me because of the crossing over and mutation of my soul, I
just got transformed and unexpectedly become a peerless genius in the
sword?" thinking it over, it seems this is the
only explanation. It seems that his mutation had not only
increased his perception to the elements, it had increased his talent in the
sword, resulting in a birth of peerless talent. This discovery
made Sauron have more confidence in the upcoming trials ahead of him.
Having finished practicing his sword technique and breaking
through to the mid-level, he still felt that his level was still too low so
immediately extended his soul sense to its outmost range and immediately sensed
a dense forest behind the mountain cave that he trained in.
“Good! I can hunt low level demonic beasts Demonic beasts in
this for est and quickly rank up before I enter the Netherworld Bloody battles.
This will give me more assurances for self-protection. “
He immediately left the cave and left for the forest behind
the mountain cave. As he left the cave heading for the forest his powerful soul
force felt the presence of a powerful demonic beast. His was able to determine
that this beast was still within his ability to handle so he headed for this
With a ‘wizz’ sound, a dark shadow happened to pass
over from the path he was about to cross. He already noticed the presence of
the beast so he immediately avoided it. A massive creature slowly made its way
in front of him. Its entire body was covered with beautiful dark fur. It was
over two meters tall, and its steps were graceful. It stared at the tiny little
pipsqueak standing in the distance; an Undead skeleton. As one of the special
types of demonic beasts, the creature’s intelligence wasn’t lower than that of
“Dark Shadow Beast?” Sauron immediately recognized this
beast. His awakened memories room the undead skeleton contained a variety of
information included the description of different kinds of demonic beasts.
But he was very surprised that such a strong ferocious beast
had appeared here. Using his soul force he scanned the beast and determined
that the beast was approximately at the late stage of the second level.
His heart began to beat faster when he saw the strength
level of this beast. The Dark Shadow Beast’s massive body weighed a few hundred
pounds, but its four legs moved with great agility as it closed the distance.
Its long, narrow eyes inspected this Undead Skeleton.
Sauron walked forward, one step at a time, with his sword in
hand. The distance between the two quickly drew near.
The Dark Shadow Beast’s
movements suddenly changed from being graceful to being savage, and it suddenly
transformed into a blur as it pounced at Lin Tian, and its previously soft paws
suddenly had sharp claws emerge from it as well.
At the critical moment, Sauron suddenly moved, as graceful
as the wind as he dodged the Dark Shadow Beast’s pounce, and then stabbed out
with the sharp sword in his hand!
The stab was extremely forceful and straight, and it was
also fast as lighting. If it managed to land on the Dark Shadow Beast’s body,
it would be able to borrow the charging force of the Dark Shadow Beast and tear
its body open!
“Huh?” As he stabbed, Sauron’s face suddenly changed. The
sword tip had met with a powerful blocking force. The Dark Shadow Beast’s fur
had blocked the tip of the sword, preventing it from penetrating through.
At the same time, the Dark Shadow Beast suddenly sent its
tail whisking towards Lin Tian. Unable to dodge in time, Sauron quickly used
his sword to block.
“Peng!” The Dark Shadow Beast’s tail landed against the
blade like a heavy iron whip, and the powerful force knocked Sauron flying
away, his body slamming against the distant tree with a boom.
“Peng!” The thick tree trembled violently.
“Roar!” The Dark Shadow Beast immediately followed up with
another pounce as it slashed at Sauron with its claws.
Quickly realizing his danger, he stepped out and disappeared
from the view of the Dark Shadow Beast.
Chi! Chi! Chi! Several deep claw marks appeared on the tree.
The Dark Shadow Beast landed on the ground, and then stared at the distant
Undead Skeleton. Its tail attack was its killing weapon. Its tail had sent the Undead
Skeleton slamming into the tree, but the Undead Skeleton had actually been able
to quickly dodge far away. It understood that this Undead Skeleton truly was
very powerful, powerful enough to give it a good fight.
“An ordinary rank two, upon meeting with that tail, would
probably have their organs split open.” Sauron frowned as he stared at the Dark
Shadow Beast. “It seems I’ll have to rely on the power of the death battle Qi
which had a corrosive effect t to all flesh and blood.”
At this moment, with a slight movement of the sword in his
hands which was now covered in grey battle Qi, shattered the tree before him
and carved a huge ditch into the thick earth.
The distant Dark Shadow Beast let out a low growl, staring
fixedly at this Undead Skeleton.
Spinning the sword in his hand, Sauron slowly walked towards
the Dark Shadow Beast, circling around it. The Dark Shadow Beast stared at Sauron
as well, choosing not to rashly attack. This was because once it attacked; it
would expose its own flaws as well. That would the moment which determined life
“Humph!” Not hesitating at all, Sauron suddenly charged
forward after the Dark Shadow Beast, his body becoming a blur. With a howl, the
Dark Shadow Beast immediately pounced over as well, opening its massive maw and
revealing its sharp fangs. Its sharp claws tore at Sauron as well.
A flash of the sword!
The shadow of a sword slashed through the air, striking in a
short range while changing trajectories nine times. Its speed was terrifyingly
fast, so fast that it was as though even the void was being chopped apart with
it. The flashing sword chopped at the Dark Shadow Beast’s chest, carving out a
massive wound, and fresh blood instantly spurted out.
“Block.” Just after Sauron chopped out with one sword, he
immediately turned his sword back and blocked the Dark Shadow Beast’s claw,
while simultaneously borrowing the clashing force to fly backwards and retreat.
The Dark Shadow Beast stared furiously at Sauron. The
massive wound on its chest was shrinking, and the flow of blood began to slow,
but it still continued to drip blood and the grey battle Qi was eating its way
into his flesh. Clearly, that wound had simply been too massive. The Dark
Shadow Beast was now truly sensing the impending arrival of death!
“The [Preliminary Death Swordsmanship] really is
extraordinary.” Sauron sighed softly.
After having received this sword technique, he had been
training hard, of course. He was now capable of utilizing the techniques of the
[Preliminary Death] and his power had increased. It relied on a single word;
As fast as lightning! Invisible as the shadow! Deadly as
Now, Sauron had the feeling that everything was under
control, and he continued to wield the sword in his hand as he drew near the Dark
Sensing the threat of death from this Undead Skeleton, the Dark
Shadow Beast gave a savage howl. All the fur on its body stood up straight as
needles, and its eyes turned hard, its pupils flashing. Those who were familiar
with Dark Shadow Beast could tell…that this one had already entered a wild,
bestial state. A terrifying aura spread forth from it, causing Sauron to pause.
“Growl!” The Dark Shadow Beast charged towards him, the
earth shaking beneath it.
Sauron dodged as agilely as the wind, changing directions
with a simple step. At the same time, his sword flashed. Chi! Fresh blood
sprayed out once more, and yet another enormous wound appeared on the Dark
Shadow Beast’s chest, but this time, the Dark Shadow Beast didn’t care at all
as it sent its two pairs of ferocious paws towards Sauron, its knife-like claws slashing through the air. Sauron calmly retreated while at the same time,
using his sword to block.
The Dark Shadow Beast’s left paw slammed against the sharp
sword, its paw seeming to have transformed into a hook which suddenly latched
onto the sword. But how could Sauron's sword, backed with his monstrous
attacking power, be so easily caught? If the two clashed and then immediately
flew apart, it wouldn’t have been so bad, but the Dark Shadow Beast wanted to
fight that power head on with his claws, and so it smashed it hard against the
The Dark Shadow Beast’s left paw clearly turned red with
blood, and the faint sound of bones breaking could be heard. The other paw came
at Sauron’s chest. The distance was simply too close, and there was no chance
to block. Sauron’s only option was to take a deep breath and his chest
suddenly retracted in by three centimeters. Chi! Chi! Chi! Crack! Two ribs now
had deep impressions and Sauron was knocked flying as well, striking against
the ground and making the earth itself crack from the impact.
Sauron hurriedly pulled away.
“Injured” Sauron looked at the Dark Shadow Beast, his eyes
narrowing. Even with his steel like bones he steel received injuries. The Dark
Shadow Beast didn’t give up so easily though. After its failed attack, it
rushed at Sauron once more and this time, it looked as if its body had somewhat
Because Sauron was a bit distracted by this sudden attack
right after the first round, his reaction became slightly slower, but he still
managed to use the sword to chop towards its body to block it. However, the Dark
Shadow Beast didn’t fall down on the ground this time.
“Not good, it entered a frenzied state.” Sauron was
startled, his sword had been repelled and at the same time his body lost some
of its balance and was falling backwards.
The Dark Shadow Beast’s big mouth was right before his eyes.
Sauron felt the extreme danger he was in and his pupils quickly shrank. It
seemed as if something exploded inside of his head. He fully unleashed his
powerful soul force.
At this moment, he suddenly felt as if the Dark Shadow Beasts’
motions became slower: as he was falling on the back, he could see very clearly
each of its movements and its next trajectory of attack.
If someone could see Sauron’s current pupils, he would
discover that these blue eyed pupils’ central parts contracted to the size of a
needle and that he was, surprisingly, in an extremely calm state; the callosity
that appeared in ordinary people’s eyes didn’t appear in his.
At this moment, his body seemed to be out of control. His
amazing reflexes was activated at this moment and he instinctively twisted his
body to avoid the Dark Shadow Beast’s bite and then jumping further back to put
some distance between him and the beast.
"What just happened?” Sauron was confused. According to
logic he shouldn’t have avoided that attack so easily but somehow he was able
to predict the attack path and adjust his body just in time to avoid it. At
this time a ‘ding’ sound sounded in his ears and a popup from the system
appeared but since he was in a life and death battle, he decided to ignore it
and focus on the Dark Shadow Beast in front of him.
Even though Sauron didn’t know what had happened at that
moment, he still felt that he could sense and accurately predict every subtle
movement of the Dark Shadow Beast in front of him. At this moment Sauron was
just dodging the Dark Shadow Beast’s attacks without attacking. He wanted to
confirm his suspicion about what he just awakened. After repeatedly dodging or
about three minutes, Sauron still couldn’t determine what this ability was. He decided to end this battle as soon as
possible to further examine his newly awakened ability from the system. Sauron transformed
into a shadow as he pounced towards the Dark Shadow Beast.
“Roaaar!” The Dark Shadow Beast charged forward as well.
The two engaged each other time and time again, each time
exchanging blows that nearly took the other’s life. Sauron possessed powerful
defenses and a fierce sword attack style! But the Dark Shadow Beast had its
fangs, sharp claws, and tail, all of which it could use as weapons. In
addition, its massive body was so large that most weapon wounds were of minimal
threat to it. Even though Sauron had awakened a new ability which heightened
his senses, because he couldn’t control it very well, he was injured on a few
At this time, his body was covered in slight cracks and scratches.
“Hu!” “Hu!” “Hu!”
Although Sauron had very strong resiliency, right now, he
couldn’t help but pant for breath. The clothes on his body were already ripped.
The Dark Shadow Beast let out a despairing growl. It was
forcing itself to stand erect, but its two paws were both quivering, as though
it could collapse at any time. Its body was covered with dozens of giant
wounds, and a particularly vicious pierce-wound was in its head. Both of its
legs had been shattered. It was already quite an impressive feat for it to be
able to remain standing.
“You lose” Sauron said in a quiet voice, “with my current
attributes and sword realm, my power is actually greater than yours, but my
victory was quite a difficult one. The reason is because when faced with your
bloodlust and your wildness, this untrained body was unable to be calm and
bring out my full power. You are the first demonic beast that I have ever
killed, and thus, I will let you die under my greatest attack!”
Holding his sword, he stared at the Dark Shadow Beast. He
breathed in deeply ready to execute his strongest attack to end this battle. Sauron
suddenly transformed into a blur as he threw himself at the Dark Shadow Beast.
The Dark Shadow Beast let out a final howl as it threw itself at Sauron as
well. Two massive flashes of light suddenly appeared, destroying one of the Dark
Shadow Beast’s remaining good legs, and then, with another flash, a massive
wound appeared on the Dark Shadow Beast’s head, sending blood and brain matter
Sauron landed on the ground. The Dark Shadow Beast collapsed
on the ground, brain matter tumbling out of the massive wound on its head. Its
fur was stained with the color of the earth, and its formerly beautiful black
fur had become a stained combination of mud and blood, unsightly to the
extreme. The Dark Shadow Beast had died.
The failure in extracting this beast’s bloodlines didn’t surprise him
too much since this beast wasn’t an undead creature. But the other rewards from
the system made adequately for that. Two Innate Abilities as well as a specialty
[Enhanced Perception]. All these would add up to improve his battle efficiency.
He looked at the deep forest in front of him.
“No wonder no undead dares come closer here. Even in the periphery
I met such a dangerous beast. You could imagine how dangerous it was deeper
inside.” He shook his head and turned back. It would be better to hunt Undead
scattered around in these plains since that would even speed up the upgrade of
his shape. He was starting to get fed up with this Undead Skeleton Body.
After leaving the cave, Sauron continued to search the
plains for wandering undead. Even though these would be at most low level, they
had undead bloodlines which could help him evolve. His aim right now was to
absorb enough bloodlines to change his current Undead Skeleton shape.
After searching for about half an hour he found new prey. It
was just two chaotic foul zombies gathered around a corpse of a creature,
feeding on it. The creature they were feeding on was an Abyss Worm.
Abyss Worms were the weakest and the most populous kind of
undead born from the Nether blood Pond. They can be found everywhere in these
plains. It is rare to see abyss worms advance their shapes but it does happen
due to special circumstances and lucky encounters. They can sometimes advance
to become zombies or in special cases Low Level Purgatory Demons. Because of
this, Night Witches and Ghost Demons like collecting them in large quantities
since once in while a high level undead can be born out of them. Undead
Territory Lords usually attach great importance to the quantity of their slaves
and not the quality. Therefore these Abyss worms serve as the lowest level
cannon fodder for their armies.
During this period, Sauron had seen a lot of these creatures
but disdained to kill them since they didn’t provide him with any experience
nor energy points. As Sauron drew closer to these foul zombies, they also
noticed him. These low intelligence beings had no way of knowing the strength
of Sauron so they immediately abandoned their meal and swarmed towards him.
A Flash of light and blood splashed onto the floor.
Sauron had just beheaded the two foul zombies with just a
swing a sword. Insufficient physical attributes prevents him from fighting for
an extended period of time so he had developed a fighting style of killing with
the most efficient means possible. The system started prompting him of his
kills. Bloodlines were extracted and a new round of variation occurred.
Golden energy enveloped him and a metallic luster grew on his bony body.
Also his vision and sensory system seemed to have increased a lot. In just a
span of a few seconds, he had completed this marvelous change. Sauron just
couldn’t estimate the potential of this undead body. He was just excited by his future prospects.
“The Bloodlines still hasn’t achieved the degree required needed for
shape change.” Sauron shook his head and began a sweep the corpses on the
floor. Without discovering any weapon or valuable item he left here and
continued to move forward. His soul sense extended outwards investigating the
surrounding areas. Because of his powerful soul sense he could detect anything
that was about 400 meters. This was quite astonishing for a low level Undead.
After walking some distance, the ground started to appear obvious signs
of footprints. This signified that there were some creatures nearby. Sauron immediately
stopped his footsteps. He hid in underbrush to observe the situation in front
of him before taking any action. Under the
gloomy weather, a distorted form appeared in his field of vision.
Sauron surprisingly exclaimed. Draugr are undead Nordic warriors of the
Netherworld. It is believed that Draugr once served the Dragon Priests;
some high level Draugr even know several Words of Power used by Dragons. Draugr
are among the most common foes in the Netherworld's Abyss crypts and catacombs.
They retain the ability to wield weapons such as swords, axes, and bows, and
higher ranked Draugr can even use Dragon Shouts. Even in the chaotic and
cruel Netherworld, they are infamous for being extremely evil. Because they
somehow manage to avoid having their memory wiped during rebirth, they retain
fight experiences from their former lives. This makes them many times stronger
than other undead of the same level.
The present Undead Draugr
had pale skin, pitch-black sharp claws, sharp tooth, sloppy hair, as well as
pale eyes. Its facial features already slight rotten, seems more disgusting
like the usual Undead. Many maggots could be seen shuttling back and forth and
wriggling in the rotting body of this Draugr. If the time that it has survived
is long enough, it would have assimilated a lot of Nether strength gradually
transforming into top level undead although at the expense of its memory and
Lin Tian’s heart beat faster as he studied this Undead Draugr. He
immediately executed his newly acquired [Detect] Skill.
Rank 2 Undead? This undead Draugr had enough bloodline strength
to allow his undead skeleton body to enter its complete shape. However Sauron did
not rush to attack this Draugr. His current attributes didn’t allow him to
directly battle this undead; he would be instantly spiked if he made such a
stupid decision. Right now, the only advantages he has are his formidable
willpower that a mutated soul has brought and his extensive fight experience.
If he made any rash decisions and was killed, he
didn’t believe that he would have another chance at life. So he needed to tread
carefully. Battling in this chaotic underworld as a low class creature is
always life threatening so he absolutely cannot make any mistakes.
Thinking up to here, he activated his [Stealth]
skill and slowly approached the Draugr. This [Stealth] skill will prevent this
undead from noticing him as long as he does not attack. So he must make his
first attack count. He approached slowly and carefully raising his sword in an
attack posture. The moment he got within a meter of this undead, he accelerated
and executed his strongest single attack skill.
Grey Battle Qi enveloped his sword as he stabbed the head
which was the weakness of all undead with all his strength.
Blood splashed as the sword pierced the head of
the Draugr. Rich experience allowed Sauron to know that a swift counterattack
will appear at this time so he tried to move back after his first attack had
succeeded. But his movement was too slow and the swift counterattack from the
Draugr arrived on his chest.
“Crack!” a bone cracking sound came from Lin Tian’s
chest as he was blown away by the rotting claws of this Undead Draugr landing a
few meters away. But his injuries were not as serious compared to this Undead.
His [Demon Bone Skin]’s 5 points reduction of all damage had proved beneficial
at this time. Also, 15 points of agility had allowed him to avoid being hit in
a fatal area.
His God-Class player experience had allowed him
to land a fatal hit to the mid-level Undead despite their wide attribute
difference. Even though this Draugr was stronger than him, he still was faster
than it so he could use that to his advantage and avoid engaging it directly.
At this time, the death Battle Qi’s extremely
corrosive attribute began to show its effect by slowly corroding its brain.
There was nothing this Draugr could do to avoid this so after about five
minutes of struggle it finally slumped onto the floor and died.
A string of notifications appeared.
The undead bloodlines in him began to change fiercely. Mysterious tattoos
appeared all over Sauron’s body constantly strengthening his bones and pushing
him towards further evolution.
This process only continued for about a minute
and slowly subsided. There were some high level skills that ancient undead had
but all these skills were lost as the undead bloodlines were diluted. These
skills that were being unlocked and comprehended by him were as a result of the
awakening o his bloodlines.
Feeling the new strength and skills that he now
possessed, he smiled and nodded his head. Even though he had not evolved a new
body, he had attained the complete shape of the Undead Skeleton. His next
evolution will allow him to change his current shape. But this will prove very
difficult since he will require higher ranked undead bloodlines to facilitate
Thinking about it, he decided to finally leave
this Nether Blood Plains to enter the Netherworld bloody battle. This is the
only place for him if he wanted to develop faster.